Author Archives: Maren

Prayer from Matthew 10: 29-30 for Xinmo, China, for Islamabad, Pakistan

Not a sparrow falls to the ground, you say — how much more those trapped beneath the landslide in Xinmo, Sichuan Province, or those caught on the highway in the explosion of the Islamabad tanker? They do not fall without … Continue reading

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Poems from a Silent Retreat, Aotearoa / New Zealand

Erice Fairbrother writes that leading a silent retreat over the last couple weeks gave her an opportunity for much writing of poems. Compline Those that lie here Beneath these crosses do not lie;   This green, tended place marks the … Continue reading

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World Refugee Day, June 20

Today is World Refugee Day, a commemoration of the United Nations since 1976. It has many themes, often a call to compassion for refugees (and I put before you a petition asking governments to: Ensure every refugee child gets an … Continue reading

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For Finsbury Park

An old story When my children were small they read a book, “cars and trucks and things …” and they loved it – do you remember? Now the story is, car and trucks and things that kill, and instead of … Continue reading

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Prayers for a young transgender person

A friend asked me to write these prayers — for an elementary school aged kid coming out as transgender, for that person’s parents and for the church. For a young transgender person Thank you, O God, for knowing who I … Continue reading

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A Father’s Day Morning Walk

The morning comes early in June and I go walking. First I hear and then I see a big red-headed woodpecker, hammering away at a tree to get his bug breakfast, and then he swoops away and begins on a … Continue reading

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A Hymn for Justices of the Peace from Aotearoa / New Zealand

Prof Colin Gibson gives us permission to post a hymn that he wrote last year for New Zealand’s Justices of the Peace. What an incredibly practical new hymn … leading me to ask — what would be the hymn for … Continue reading

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